I was wondering what I could write for today when we reach the first one month mark of the jailing of Leopoldo Lopez. Fortunately there are all sorts of videos made for the circumstance and this one, in black and white contains the last public words of Lopez, in a dramatic black and white.
It is not subtitled in English but I trust that soon there will be a version that I will add. But still, listening to his tone of voice today with the selection of all the gripping pictures of that day is quite enough to illustrate today, in full impact, the dictatorship we suffer from.
What can we say? Lopez was right. In his surrender he finished to unleash the deep anger that exists across the country and across social classes even if there are variations in those feelings. The monolithic support of lower classes for the regime is no more. It does not matter if 10 or 20 or 30% of the "E" sector of population has dropped chavismo, what matters is that they are doing it because after 15 years many are starting to realize that things are simply not going to get any better. Whatever Chavez brought them is done, Maduro or Cabello are not able to improve on it, and not even able to preserve it as inflation has already eaten whatever improvement in their lives existed.
Keen observers knew, not how, but knew for certain that arresting Lopez was a major mistake for the regime. And we were right, along Lopez who also knew that in jail he would do more damage than outside. Through this month the regime has been absolutely exposed to the tropical fascism that it has become, where the only arguments are repression and abuse because they think they can get away with it. A military retrograde and corrupt regime, in short. Even some accomplice UNASUR countries now express their lukewarm support though communiques, not wanting to be seen to openly siding with what is now a despicable regime that they have supported or put up with it for only too long, to their historical shame.
I suppose that being in jail is not necessary a great comfort to be proven right, but for those outside we do not forget about him and expect great results from his sacrifice. Hang in there Leopoldo, we already owe you so much!